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August 29, 2003

Krannert School invites public to business speakers series

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – A baker's dozen of corporate and media leaders will present their ideas to Purdue's Krannert School of Management students during fall semester. Among the speakers are a Boeing senior vice president, a National Football League legend and a C-SPAN producer.

Richard A. Cosier

Business leaders have been coming to campus since 1973 as part of Krannert's Executive Forum. The series is presented in conjunction with a class coordinated by Richard A. Cosier, Krannert School dean and Leeds Professor of Management.

"We bring a range of business leaders in to talk to our students," Cosier said. "They also meet with small groups of both graduate and undergraduate students, as well as faculty members. The Krannert Executive Forum provides an excellent meeting ground for academe and business."

The forum meets from 11:30 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. each Friday in Jerry S. Rawls Hall, Room 1086, and is free and open to the public as seating permits.

Dates, speakers and titles of talks are:

Sept. 5 – Amanda Teder, marketing research associate, Procter & Gamble Co., "What's Next?"

Sept. 12 – Michael Cave, senior vice president Commercial Airline Services, Boeing Commercial Airplanes, "Working Together … Real Life Skills that Ensure Success."

Sept. 19 – William Oesterle, CEO, Angie's List, "Starting a Business from Scratch: Secrets Revealed."

Sept. 26 – Maura Pierce, Producer, C-SPAN Networks, "Common Sense, Part I."

Oct. 3 – Andrew Maner, chief of staff and director, U.S. Customs Headquarters, "Common Sense, Part II."

Oct. 10 – John Hoffner, executive vice president and CFO, Jack in the Box Inc., "Shareholders vs. Stakeholders."

Oct. 17 – Jay Fehnel, vice president of business development, Tribune Media Services, "Top Ten Tips for Your First Five Years."

Oct. 24 – Bruce Cowgill, CEO of Saint-Gobain Containers, "Beginning, Building and Broadening Your Career in Manufacturing."

Oct. 31 — Gale Sayers, founder and chairman of Sayers, "Comments from a Hall of Famer: Football to Entrepreneurship."

Nov. 7 – Douglas DeVos, president Alticor Inc., "Choices for the Future."

Nov. 14 – Barrington Owens, director of global sourcing, Alcoa Distribution & Industrial Products, "The Silent War."

Nov. 21 – Amelia Huntington, senior vice president of global business development, Schneider Electric, "North is North … but That's About all it is Safe to Assume in the Context of Global Business."

Dec. 5– Hugo Poza, vice president of homeland security, Raytheon Electronics — Strategic Systems Division, "Homeland Security: An Exciting Business."

Writer: J. M. Lillich, (765) 494-2077,

Sources: Richard A. Cosier, (765) 494-4366,

Tim Newton, (765), 496-7271,

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096;

NOTE TO JOURNALISTS: Because the primary purpose of the lectures is educational, no photographs or videotaping is permitted during the presentations. Journalists wishing to cover individual presentations can arrange to interview and photograph lecturers by contacting Tim Newton, Krannert School director of external relations and communications, at (765) 496-7271, Videos of selected lectures will be available via the Internet.

Related Web site:
Krannert Executive Forum and speaker biographies

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